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Law enforcement agencies making changes after Ford carbon monoxide concerns

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The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said some of its Ford Explorers that the have been taken out of service due to ongoing concerns with the police interceptor Ford Explorer models.

Jimmy Watt, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the agency has five Explorers. Watt said the vehicles were parked and deputies will use back-up vehicles until the issue is resolved.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating several complaints of exhaust fumes inside Ford Explorer SUVs. More than 1.3 million Explorers from model years 2011 and 2017 are being investigated.

Many of the complaints came from police departments, which use the Police Interceptor model. Among the complaints were three crashes and 41 injuries, mostly loss of consciousness, nausea and headaches.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office confirmed carbon monoxide detectors are being installed in all patrol cars due to the issue. Henderson County deputies have not experienced any issues at this time, but want to take precautionary measures.

Major Frank Stout said deputies, especially during the summer, run their cars for long periods of time to keep cool. The agency is ordering approximately 60 detectors.

Ford released a statement saying drivers of regular, non-police Ford Explorers have no reason to be concerned. The company also announced it will cover the costs of specific repairs in every police interceptor Explorers that are having issues, regardless of age, mileage or aftermarket modifications.

Ford said technicians will check and seal off the rear of the vehicle where exhaust can enter, provide a new air conditioning calibration that brings in more fresh air during heavy acceleration typical of police driving, and check for engine codes that could indicate a damaged exhaust manifold.

Ford said it will continue investigating all reports from its police customers, including the exhaust manifold issue referenced by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Click here to read the full statement from Ford.

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